welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to viewers in north america and around the globe. my name is nkem ifejika. our top stories... on the brink of a new era: cuba's national assembly considers a new constitution that would bring sweeping reforms. president trump attacks his former lawyer in the row over alleged payments to a former playboy model. survivors of a boat sinking in the us that claimed 17 lives say the captain told passengers not to use life jackets. a0 degrees and rising: warnings as japan's deadly heatwave claims dozens of lives. hello and welcome.
cuba's national assembly is debating the draft of a new constitution which could introduce radical changes to the communist country's economic and social policies. private ownership of property might be recognised for the first time in 50 years and same—sex marriage legalised. will grant reports from havana. after decades of soviet—style socialism, glimpses of meaningful change in cuba. the 1976 constitution isn'tjust going to be it's being completely rewritten. key to the changes, private property recognised on the communist—run island for the first time in generations. naturally, the state will remain the biggest factor in this caribbean—controlled economy, but including private property rights in the new constitution gives legal protection to the thousands of small businesses which cropped up since raul castro changed the economic rules a decade ago. whether small restaurants or modest accommodation, private enterprise has been propping up the boom in cuban tourism. finally, their right
to exist will be enshrined in law. term limits are set to be imposed on the new president, of two consecutive five—year terms. socially, too, a huge breakthrough. after decades of a shameful record on gay rights, now there will be a recognition of marriage in cuba as no longer solely between a man and a woman, but simply between two people instead. the principles of equality, justice and humanism that our project has reinforced by the possibility of marriage between two people. i think it is fair. we have discussed it a lot. it is fair. astonishingly, even the very word communism has been struck from the constitution, replaced with the more accessible "socialism." these were the sorts of changes the obama administration had hoped to foster through its engagement with cuba,
but since president trump took office, the bilateral relationship has almost completely frozen once again. as always, change in cuba is closely slow. even once this new constitution is approved, it will still go to a national referendum. but the leadership hope that by recognising private property, they will boost a stagnant economy, and by legalising same—sex marriage they will better reflect a more modern cu ban society. will grant, bbc news, havana. police in los angeles have surrounded a supermarket where a suspect has barricaded himself inside. they say the suspect shot his grandmother and took another woman hostage before fleeing in a car, pursued by officers. he went into a branch of the traderjoe‘s chain after crashing the vehicle. in the past half hour, a woman was seen coming out
of the building with her hands up. the los angeles police departmentjust gave a news conference with the latest from the scene. then, about 30 in the afternoon, in the newton area of los angeles, we had a male suspect in his late teens become involved in a family dispute, which involved him shooting his grandmother and a female at the scene. that suspect fled the location in his grandmother's vehicle, taking the female victim with him. hollywood area officers picked up the vehicle and pursued. that pursuit went into the north—east area of los angeles, where it terminated in a collision after a shooting occurred. the suspect fled the vehicle into the traderjoe's behind me on the 700 block of hyperion. currently we have a barricaded suspect. we are
committed getting with the suspect trying to bring it to a peaceful conclusion. —— we are communicating. let's get some of the day's other news. thousands of nicaraguans have joined rival demonstrations for and against president daniel 0rtega in the capital managua. his opponents are demanding his resignation and the release of political prisoners. his supporters accuse anti—government protesters of trying to mount a coup. searches have been continuing throughout the day at a park in where it's believed that two people, poisoned by a nerve agent, may have picked up a contaminated bottle. charlie rowley — whose partner dawn sturgess died — is now out of hospital but still unable to return to his home, which remains cordoned off. spain's main opposition party, the conservative people's party, has chosen a right wing candidate as its new leader. pablo casado succeeds mariano rajoy, who was ousted as prime minister last month after he lost a confidence vote brought by the socialists who now control the government. president trump has reacted angrily
to reports his former personal lawyer taped a conversation in which they discussed payments to a playboy model who claims she had an affair with mr trump. the president has denied any wrongdoing, and said michael cohen's actions in recording him might have been illegal. the president tweeted... 0ur washington correspondent, chris buckler, assesses whether the tape could be a problem for the us president. mr trump indicates he is not concerned, but he is clearly angry at both the fbi who sees the tape and michael cohen who made it. he is often referred
to as donald trump's personal he was a fixer who prided himself on making donald trump's problems disappear. and on this tape that was recorded about two months before the election in 2016, they are discussing one of those issues. karen mckibbin wanted to sell her story to the national inquirer at newspaper. they seem to be discussing on the recording buying the rights of the story which would it being made public and, if that was done to stop an embarrassing story from emerging during an election campaign, it could breach finance laws. donald trump insists no but at the same time there was a change of attitude coming from michael cohen — a man who once said that he would take a bullet for donald trump. there has been appointed statement from his lawyers in which they say that their client will not be harmed by what is on this tape.
but they said that no amount of spin will change what was said. the us director of national intelligence, dan coats, says he hadn't meant to be disrespectful toward president trump when he reacted with obvious surprise to news the president was planning a second summit with vladimir putin. vladimir putin... today you? yes. 0k.... this will be special. mr coats said his response earlier this week had been "awkward" but he, and the entire intelligence community, were committed to providing the best possible support to mr trump. a woman who lost nine members of her family in a tourist boat accident on a lake in the united states has been tia coleman said passengers were told they would not need lifejackets but if she had managed to reach one she might have saved her children. 17 people died when the amphibious vehicle — called a "duck boat" — sank in stormy weather. sophia tran—thomson reports. these boat passengers filming a sudden storm on table rock lake while out on tour seem unaware of the danger they are in.
oh, no. oh, my god. 0h, we're goin' under. sinking. further ahead of them, another boat couldn't cope in the severe weather. of the 31 on board, more than half were killed. one of the survivors said as conditions worsened, the passengers were not told to put life vests on but to stay seated. i couldn't see anybody, i couldn't hear anything, i couldn't hear screams, ijust — it felt like i was out there on my own. and i was yelling and i was screaming and finally i said, lord, just let me die, let me die. i said i can't — i can't keep drowning, just can't keep drowning. that's how i felt. and...
then ijust let go and i started floating. nine members of herfamily died in the accident. according to the national weather service, the winds were over 100 kilometres per hour. and the authorities say whether is the cause of the accident. the owner of the duck boat has also taken responsibility. what can you say? we're so sorry, i mean, that this happened. it wasjust, something happened and we don't know exactly what it was and we will but it doesn't matter. any time that people suffer a loss like that, it can't be replaced. i mean, it's absolutely devastating. investigators say a preliminary report should be complete in a month. but there are still several unanswered questions about whether the boat crew was aware of the weather warnings and why the passengers didn't have life vests on. the authorities injapan are warning people to take precautions as a severe heatwave continues.
more than thirty people are reported to have died as a result of the heat over the last fortnight, and thousands more have sought hospital treatment. in the city of kyoto, temperatures have exceeded 38 degrees for seven consecutive days. 0livia crellin reports. earlier this month, western japan looked like this, after being buffeted by severe storms and waves of up to nine metres. now, the waves look somewhat more inviting as temperatures have rocketed to over a0 celsius in some parts. a five—year nationwide high. translation: it's hot all overjapan. it was 39 celsius yesterday, and the day before. when i was a kid the hottest day was about 33 degrees. the recent climate is surely abnormal. it's a dangerous high. the heat wave has already killed about 30 people. and with thousands more hospitalized for heat—related conditions, authorities are urging
people to stay hydrated. translation: my job is physically demanding so i make sure i drink lots water. that advice is even more challenging for the hundreds of volunteers taking part in flood recovery efforts. the rain that pounded japan led to flooding and landslides. over 200 people died and more than a500 people who were evacuated are still not able to return. the clean—up effort. translation: i will take care not to get sick from the heat because that would only cause trouble for other people. it's no longer rain, but rays pounding japan. a new meteorological trial for its citizens, but for some, like these children soaking up the sun on a beach open for the first time since the country's 2011 tsunami, the weather means summer has arrived.
stay with us on bbc news. still to come: knowing the ropes in paris. a novel way of getting a bird's—eye view of the french capital. 0k, coming down the ladder now. that's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind. a catastrophic engine fire is being blamed tonight for the first crash in the 30—year history of concorde, the world's only supersonic airliner. it was one of the most vivid symbols of the violence and hatred that tore apart the state of yugoslavia. but now, a decade later, it's been painstakingly rebuilt and opens again today. there's been a 50% decrease in sperm quantity and an increase
in malfunctioning sperm, unable to swim properly. thousands of households across the country are suspiciously quiet this lunchtime, as children bury their noses in the final instalment of harry potter. this is bbc world news. the latest headlines: cu ba's national assembly is considering a new constitution that would bring sweeping reforms, including the recognition of private property. president trump has attacked his former lawyer in the row over alleged payments to a former playboy model. more than 70 years ago, on 22july 1916, an armed jewish group opposed to british rule in palestine planted bombs inside the king david hotel injerusalem. their target was the offices of the british authorities housed in the iconic hotel.
90 people were killed in the explosions and dozens more were injured. a german—jewish woman called shoshana levy kampos worked for the british as a secretary, and she was in the hotel that day. she has been telling her story to witness. archive: after a bomb explosion caused by terrorists on the british headquarters atjerusalem, one entire corner of the king david hotel, a building of seven storeys, was razed to the ground. suddenly, everything was black. what happened? i couldn't understand. you only think, how do you get out? while arab and jew have a cause
to battle for, the british soldier is there only because it is his job to keep the peace. in a quarrel which is none of his making, he does just that, and precious few thanks he gets for it. my family was a jewish family from germany, came to palestine because we were in danger in germany. i was 21 years old when i worked for the british in the king david hotel. shorthand typing, and it wasn't a happy time. it was always tense, because they didn't know how to stop all these attacks. always troops on the street, british police or soldiers. we worked for them, we had to have a salary.
it wasn't — there wasn't so much work. there was a warning. a telephone call that bombs were laid in the cellar of the king david hotel, that the people, the workers, should all go out immediately. i wasjust getting up from my place, and suddenly i heard an explosion, and black. i don't see anything. after some time, i've heard somebody was coughing. coughing i said, oh, there's another one living.
men of the army and the police were working with cranes, bulldozers, drills and shovels to reach the unfortunate victims still buried in the wreckage. i knew there would be many, many, many dead. victims — terrible, terrible. i started to cry. the latest casualty list included 65 killed, 47 injured and 58 missing. my boss, he was a very nice man, and he was killed in the attack. of course, i was angry at who did it. i didn't know, till they told me it was one of the jewish groups who were against the british. they wanted the british to go out, but that wasn't the right way to do it.
no, i can't agree. i worked for the british till they left. three months, they gave me salary, i got as compensation, and that was all. so i had to say thank you. until the age of 12, martin pistorius had an unremarkable childhood, but then he fell ill with what is known as locked—in syndrome. for over a decade, he could see and hear everything around him, but no—one knew he was conscious. eventually a carer spotted life in his eyes, setting him on the road to a remarkable recovery. this is his amazing story. i was trapped inside my body for more than a decade. the doctors said i was unaware, but i could see and hear everything. as a child growing up,
i was perhaps a little quieter than most, but happy, healthy, and always busy with something. shortly after my 12th birthday, i became ill. i came home from school with what seemed like a cold, and within months, i was an empty shell of the vibrant little boy i once was. being unable to communicate was the worst, most terrifying feeling ever. i was utterly powerless. i kept my mind busy by escaping into my imagination. living in my mind was the only way i was able to cope and distract myself from my dire reality.
i often wished i could tell people i was in pain, or reassure my mum that she was a good mother, and to simply tell people that i loved them. she recommended i be taken for an assessment, to see if there was an alternative way for me to communicate. my family were overjoyed when, after the assessment, it became clear that i was still in there and had the potential to communicate. i found readjusting to life really difficult. it was absolutely wonderful, but also scary and very daunting. there was so much i didn't know. in april, we found out we were having a baby.
we were both very surprised, perhaps a little shocked, and very excited. i think the most difficult thing about fatherhood for me will be finding effective ways to communicate with the baby. i have experienced extreme loneliness, but it taught me to be comfortable with my own company. i think it is easy to take communicating for granted. everyone says actions are more powerful than words, but i wonder. communication is one of our most powerful tools, and is it
not our words that lead to action? and here in the uk, the royalfamily will be celebrating prince george's fifth birthday today. this new official picture of the prince has been released, showing him looking rather happy. the photo was taken after the christening of his brother, prince louis, in the garden of clarence house, the official residence of the duke and duchess of cambridge. to mark prince george's birthday, a new £5 coin has been issued by the royal mint, showing st george and the dragon. now if you are afraid of heights, brace yourself. spectators in paris have been thrilled and had their nerves wracked by a tightrope walker performing in front of one of the city's most iconic sights. aaron safir has the story. they call paris the city of lights. for one afternoon in the montmartre neighbourhood, it was the city of heights. with the skyline as her
backdrop, french tightrope walker tatiana—mosio bongonga started 35 metres above montmartre hill and inched her way towards one of the city's most famous sites, the secretary of the silica. she wasn't the only one hanging by a thread. down below, they looked on thrilled with wonder, admiration, but also a little fear. this is dumped was done without a security cable. translation: it was very surprising, and very dangerous. it really impressed, actually. i noticed that she was not secured. there was a lot of acrobatics. i had a really good time. even getting to the starting position would scare off the fainthearted, but this stunt has been a year in preparation, all to been a year in preparation, all to be carried out one step at a time. and, waiting for her at the end, members of the city's chamber 0rchestra, who provided the
soundtrack for this parisi and high wire act. translation: every walk is something unique, because it takes place somewhere different. here, i had the chance to face a monument, which has never happened for me before. it was something new, and it was wonderful. 31-year-old tatiana—mosio says she grew up on a tight rope, she started when she was eight. so while she has had time to develop her nerves of steel, the spectators have some catching up to do. cu ba's national assembly is debating the draft of a new constitution which could introduce radical changes to the communist country's economic and social policies. private ownership of property might be recognised for the first time in 50 years, and same—sex marriage legalised. you can reach me on twitter. i'm @nkem|fejika. well, looks like the temperatures are going to soar over the coming
days in some parts of the country. we got up to 29 on saturday. sunday will be similar. so we are technically already in a heatwave, but the really hot air is set to return from monday. temperatures will be in excess of 30 celsius, but this is true mostly for south—eastern parts of the uk. in the short term, we have weather fronts close to north—western parts of the uk. in fact, this weather front is responsible for bringing a lot of cloud through the early hours of sunday morning, and also very humid air stuck in this air mass, which is coming off the atlantic. so temperatures dropping no lower than 15 degrees in belfast, 18 degrees in london. but it is quite overcast, quite murky, misty, even a little bit of drizzle in some areas. a damp feeling to things,
but it is still very, very warm. now, sunday starts off pretty overcast, and i think the clouds will be thickest through the day across north—western areas, even some spots of rain. but the best chance for the clouds to break up, if sunshine is what you want, then i guess it's good news for the folks across southern areas. and those temperatures will once again get up to 28 in london, 26 in norwich. mid—20s into yorkshire, even newcastle will be around 24. mid—20s for belfast, for aberdeen there. a little bit fresher across western scotland, maybe not quite so warm there in glasgow, but warm enough. and that's how we're going to end the weekend. so bright rather than sunny skies, but cloudy here in the north—west, with some very light rain on and off. and next week, or rather the week ahead, we'll see more weatherfronts just about pushing into north—western areas, so slightly fresher atlantic air. but ahead of the weather fronts, my goodness, the air is coming all the way from africa, from spain, portugal, across france.
so we could see some of the highest temperatures we've seen so far this summer, affecting some south—eastern, eastern and maybe central parts of england. 33 is not out of the question. this is sort of a more conservative estimate there. for london and for norwich, at least 31, possibly already hitting 33 in one or two spots. but notice northern ireland and scotland, a lot more comfortable here. temperatures mostly in the 20s, and the possibility of a little bit of rain, at least some showers. now, look at those temperatures in london. over 30 degrees pretty much all through the week. mid—20s, so more comfortable, i think, for you in cardiff. that's it from me. this is bbc news. the headlines — cu ba's national assembly is debating a new constitution which could bring far—reaching changes. measures to drastically reduce the communist state's control of the economy are being considered including the recognition of private property. presidential term limits may also be introduced and same—sex marriage could be legalised. president trump has hit out at his former lawyer,
michael cohen, after claims he secretly recorded them talking about payments to a former playboy model. mr trump said it was inconceivable that a lawyer would tape a client, and insisted he'd done nothing wrong. survivors of the boat sinking in the us that clamed seventeen lives have been giving their accounts of the disaster. one woman, who lost nine members of her family, said the captain told the passengers not to grab the life jackets as they ‘wouldn't need them'. now on bbc news, dateline london.